Greencastle, Ind. - The Franklin College women's indoor track and field team recorded 22 top-four efforts in finishing a strong second at the Tiger Small College Invitational at DePauw University on Friday evening.
The Grizzlies won seven of the 16 events among the six-team field. DePauw edged Franklin for the team title, 174-157.
Sophomore Natavia Howell (Indianapolis, Ind./Howe) led the effort with two event victories and running a leg on the victorious 4-x-200-meter relay team. Howell showcased her speed by winning the 60-meter dash with a school record time of 8.24. She later won the 200-meter dash (27.56). The 4-x-200 relay team recorded the third-best time in school history (1:56.86).
Freshman Alysia Funderberg (La Puente, Calif./Walnut) and sophomore Sarah Bugelholl (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette Academy) finished third and fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Franklin's 4-x-400-meter relay team posted the sixth fastest time in program history in winning the event (4:20.28).
Sophomore Ashley Meyers (Edinburgh, Ind./Edinburgh) added 10 points to the team score with a victory in the 800-meter run (2:31.46).
Junior Hillary Cain (Rushville, Ind./Rushville) won the 3,000-meter run by a commanding 47 seconds with a time of 11:05.35. Fellow junior Anna Murdock (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek) recorded the seventh-best effort in finishing second in the mile (5:35.63).
Sophomore Emily Young (Avon, Ind./Avon) had runner-up performances in the 60-meter hurdles (10.54) and the triple jump (9.80 meters).
In the field events, junior Jennifer Nevitt (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) set a school record in the pole vault (3.05 meters). The performance earned Nevitt second place honors.
Freshman Erica Christy (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) won the shot put with a throw of 11.85 meters. She has won the shot put in three of the first four meets this season. Christy also placed fourth in the weight throw (10.14 meters).
Franklin returns to action when it travels back to Greencastle to compete in the DePauw Invitational on Saturday, February 15.